Does Music Help Us Sleep

Posted on February 15, 2016 By

Does Music Help Us SleepMax Richter’s ‘Sleep’ is a cradle song, termed as ‘my personal lullaby for a frenetic world’ by him. This eight-hour piece includes pieces that will take you into a trance-like state, and holds the record for being the longest live broadcasted composition of music.
It is a well-known fact that most Americans have trouble getting enough sleep. In fact, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), 40 millions Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. Sleep deprivation can have serious repercussions; it can affect memory, decision-making abilities, and overall mental health.As babies, most of us went off into dreamland peacefully listening to lullabies. But can music help adults sleep as well? Well, the answer is yes, and no. Music may not make you sleep, but it can definitely help you sleep.

Music And Sleep
The International Journal of Nursing published a study of 557 adults suffering from sleep disorders. In this study, music was played when they were sleeping. Over a short period of time, improvement in the sleep quality of most individuals was seen. In certain cases, there was no significant


Music Genres

Posted on January 10, 2016 By

This is a list of some of the world’s music genre and their definitions.

Music GenresAfrican Folk – Music held to be typical of a nation or ethnic group, known to all segments of its society, and preserved usually by oral tradition.

Afro jazz – Refers to jazz music which has been heavily influenced by African music. The music took elements of marabi, swing and American jazz and synthesized this into a unique fusion. The first band to really achieve this synthesis was the South African band Jazz Maniacs.

Afro-beat – Is a combination of Yoruba music, jazz, Highlife, and funk rhythms, fused with African percussion and vocal styles, popularized in Africa in the 1970s.

Afro-Pop – Afropop or Afro Pop is a term sometimes used to refer to contemporary African pop music. The term does not refer to a specific style or sound, but is used as a general term to describe African popular music.

Apala – Originally derived from the Yoruba people of Nigeria. It is a percussion-based style that developed in the late

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How To Get The DJ To Play Your Type Of Music

Posted on December 27, 2015 By

1. Get them to play your music

How To Get The DJ To Play Your Type Of MusicWhen hiring a DJ, how do you know you will get the right kind of music played at your event? One way to make sure you get the right kind of music is to hire a DJ that is referred to you. If they are not referred, make sure they come with referrals. Also, try to have a meeting with the DJ to see what kind of music they are comfortable with. Each DJ has a different style of playing the music. Make sure you are comfortable with the style that DJ is telling you he/she has. Some DJ’s enjoy mixing music and providing the whole “Club Scene” atmosphere. Other DJ’s play each song in its entirety with no breaks in between each song. The music goes from slow to fast in transition and then slows back down. The requests are mixed in where appropriate instead of ignored. This allows for all your guests to enjoy their favorite part of the

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How Has iTunes Brought About a Change in the Music Industry

Posted on April 25, 2016 By

In an era plagued with notorious musical fat cats who would strong-arm the competition with their stacks of greens, and the seemingly unstoppable pirates who would relentlessly steal from the artists and labels, Apple iTunes came as a godsend. Steve Jobs had a complete vision that began with the iTunes – a digital store that would provide all the music that the user wanted, and the iPods, iPads, iPhones etc., where this music could be downloaded and played.

Since its inception in 2003, iTunes has managed to completely redefine the music industry. Steve Jobs, the then-Apple CEO, literally manhandled the major record companies, extracting from them some of the most legendary deals and negotiations which completely altered the economics of music, snubbed online piracy, and did so much more.

In the following lines, we shall learn about the impact that iTunes has had on the music industry, and all the changes that it has brought about over its more than decade-long reign.

How iTunes Revolutionized the Music Industry

1) It Allowed the User to Pick His/Her Song

In the music industry, one can find many artists who are what can be best described as one-hit-wonders. Like firecrackers, they burst into the scene illuminating

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How to Select Multiple Songs in iTunes

Posted on April 15, 2016 By

You have downloaded and saved hundreds of songs on your iTunes. When you go through your iTunes you find there are songs of different genres and from different artists all mixed up in one long list. You want to organize your songs into neat folders titled rock, pop, rap, etc. You can even make your own playlist according to the different moods of the songs. All you need to do is organize these playlists in an order, you would like to play them. You do not mind spending time and energy organizing your iTunes library. The problem is not with the effort you need to take in organizing your folder, but with selection of multiple songs. Won’t you love to select multiple songs at once and add them to a folder or transfer songs iTunes to iPod.

Can You Select Multiple Songs in iTunes
Many iPod users often have a question ‘can you select multiple songs in iTunes?’The answer is yes, selecting multiple songs in iTunes is very much possible. This is a simple task and can be accomplished with a push of a button. Let us go into the details of how.

Selecting Multiple Songs in iTunes
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Different Careers in Music

Posted on April 10, 2016 By

Earlier, the field of music was limited to self-amusement or maybe performing for small groups. But nowadays, as the music industry is expanding, those with a flair for music can harness their skills and earn good money. The music industry has many different and interesting jobs to offer. Advanced technology has led to advancements in music. And this too has played a role is making music a field worth building a career in. When a musician performs on stage or has an album out, the credit for his success goes to many others working with him. There’s a huge team of technicians, musicians and artists behind every music release. Such is the size of the music industry and so many are the career opportunities there. Careers in music are both enjoyable and remunerative, but one needs to know that these jobs in the music industry demand a great amount of hard work. In the following section of this article, we give you a list of careers in the field of music.

List of Different Careers in Music

Musicians and Singers
Careers as musicians and singers are considered to be the most prominent in the entertainment industry. These careers can even

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How Does iTunes Work

Posted on April 5, 2016 By

In order to play, listen, organize, save, and download your songs and video files, Apple has a program called iTunes which can be downloaded onto your laptop or desktop.
iTunes is a free program designed to create music and video libraries of your existing files. You can also purchase music, videos, TV shows, games, etc. from iTunes Store and managage them on your laptop/desktop, iPod, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. This can be possible when you transfer your files through these devices.

iTunes is one of the most popular digital media players used across the world. iTunes made its debut in the year 2001. Operating systems like Mac and Windows XP and Vista support iTunes application. The latest version, iTunes 10.5.3, was released in June 2011. The current version of iTunes has the capability to support the Mp3, WAV, ACC, AIFF audio video formats, along with Apple Lossless (a high quality format developed by Apple). The other recent versions can also support file formats which are video coded in QuickTime MOV format and MPEG-4.

What’s New with iTunes

In this iTunes version, your purchased music will be automatically downloaded on your laptop and/or device (iPad, iPod, iPod touch,

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Characteristics of Baroque Music

Posted on March 27, 2016 By

Period Performance
Or, historically informed performance, is an approach in performing arts. Here, the performance has to be in accordance with knowing the aesthetics of the period in which the compositions were made.
Think of ‘sonata’, and we tend to imagine the sound of a piano in the background. If you have learned to play an instrument, especially the piano, you would probably have heard of this term, or even better, played it sometime. Even if you haven’t, a music lover would always love to know about the various styles of music, their history, and some distinct forms that have shaped the music we make or hear today. Baroque music is one such unique chapter in the history of music that you cannot skip.

The name ‘baroque’ comes from the Portuguese word ‘barroco’, meaning ‘misshapen pearl’ or ‘oddly formed pearl’. It was named so by some critics in the nineteenth century, as they found the music very ornamental and highly exaggerated. The period between 1600 and 1750 in Western European art music is eminently known as the baroque period. Classical music of the West is divided into three time spans: Early music period (Medieval and Renaissance), the Common practice

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Understanding Tonality in Music

Posted on March 15, 2016 By

Tonality is also taken as a synonym for the related concept of ‘Key’ in music.
We all remember the solfège song, “Doe, a deer, a female deer…” from Sound of Music. With such ease, on singing that song, can one remember the basic syllables of the theory of music. Beyond learning the solfège, we also get to know the different pitches or the variations, like a ‘higher’ pitch and a ‘lower’ pitch.

What appeals to the ear is melody and harmony. Any random set of notes or keys put together may not sound good. Why do we enjoy music as a beautiful, aesthetic, or entertaining art form? Just like percussion is not identified without rhythm, similarly, a tune played on a piano or a violin would not exist without a structural relation between the different notes played in the tune. ‘To be in tune’ best implies the functional aspect of tonality.
Tonality in Music
Definition: Tonality is a principle by which pitches and chords are arranged around a central note or tonic. Tonic refers to the first note or degree of the diatonic scale (major or minor).

It is primarily a system of relationships between notes, chords, and keys,

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Importance of Music in Movies

Posted on March 10, 2016 By

Did You Know?
Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture, composed by James Horner, sold over 30 million copies globally and became the highest-selling film score of all time.
It is hard to imagine people sitting through a silent film without any live music to accompany the scenes. From the very inception of motion pictures, the relevance of music has been clearly established. Music has always been recognized for its ability to invoke emotions among the audience and set the mood for specific scenes in movies.

Silent movies always featured live music, and it was first employed by the Lumière Brothers for backing their first projected motion picture, Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon (Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory) on December 28, 1895. By 1910, theaters had begun permanently employing complete musical ensembles which, in turn, was replaced by the theatre organ. The period between 1910 – 1930 also relied heavily on photoplay music, which was written music meant specifically for silent films. This Buzzle article discusses the importance of music in movies in further detail.

Historic Film Score Examples
Max Steiner’s film score for the 1933 monster movie, ‘King Kong’ is ranked as the thirteenth greatest film score

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Different Types of Music

Posted on March 5, 2016 By

Edgard Varese defined music as “organized sound”. And even after organizing sounds to make music, you need to organize these musical works according to the way they are organized! These modes of organization are called “genres”, a word that has become synonymous with an individual’s generation and lifestyle.

Types of music
No matter what the media ‘industry’ says or does, music shall always remain a form of art. Even when made solely for the purpose of getting rich, it still needs a source of expression. Every genre has a build-up and then a follow-up. Every style has its high point. Today we have such a large list of musical genres and styles, that it would be impossible for anyone to listen to every piece of music created even in a hundred lifetimes, let alone one! And that is why we make categories: to find a style that suits us and explore it as much as we can.
Classical Music
The music of the old days. The kind of music that most of us have forgotten, yet listen to everyday. Because most of what we hear now is derived from what the great classical composers created decades and centuries ago.

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How Does Music Affect the Brain

Posted on February 27, 2016 By

Inside Your Brain!
A study was conducted to track patient’s ratings of their own anxiety. Before undergoing a surgery, they were randomly assigned to listen to music or take antianxiety pills.
The Outcome: Patients who listened to music had less anxiety compared to those who took pills.
Music has been an integral part of the human lifestyle from a long time. It is believed to have been a part of civilizations which existed 50,000 years ago. It is very interesting to note that music evolved as a means of expression, and hence, generally reflects the social, economic, environmental, religious, and other aspects related to humans. Thus, music was, and still is, a way to express a range of emotions and feelings. This process, in itself, has a great relieving effect and works wonders for the peaceful operation of the brain. When the mental faculty is provided a vent for its restless thought process, it automatically boosts the functioning of the brain and conclusively of all the other body processes.

Brain development is a method of training the thought process in such a way that it maintains proper working. There are two possible ways to understand the effect of music

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The Seven Different Types of Written Music

Posted on February 10, 2016 By

As a bassist, bandleader, teacher, and music copyist, I’ve worked with hundreds of singers throughout the years. Though working musicians know hundreds of tunes, singers need to have good charts in order to have their music played the way they want. I define a “good chart” as a piece of written music that effectively tells the musicians what they should play.

Written music comes in seven basic forms: chord charts, sheet music, songbooks, lead sheets, fake books, master rhythm charts and fully notated parts.

As a musician has a responsibility to play the chart before him correctly, the supplier of the chart has the responsibility of providing the right kind of chart. Knowing what type of chart to use for what kind of tune or gig is very important.

This article explains what the different types of charts are, and under what circumstances to use them. I hope you find it useful.


Charts can be simple or elaborate according to the style of music and type of gig. Cover tunes are traditionally learned from recordings; classical and choral music can be found in sheet music stores as well as

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3 Reasons Why Country Music Blogs Rock

Posted on February 5, 2016 By

We cannot deny the fact that country music has been one of the most popular genres of music of all time. In fact, this kind of tune has been with us for decades and since then, it has gone far in terms of acceptance and fame. This type of music, which can be characterized by its soft rhythms, pleasant melodies, and of course, the traditional American “twang” (which is not that common in modern country songs anymore), has been rocking the hit charts for as long as we can remember. Now, aside from the airwaves, this favorite genre has also invaded the online world with the proliferation of various country music blogs. Country music blogs rock for a number of reasons but here you will find the most common reasons why so many people are into this kind of blog.

o A country music blog can keep you up-to-date. This blog is your daily source of news and current events about anything that is related to this topic. For example, you can keep yourself abreast with the latest happenings in the concert scene, new songs on the hit chart, gossips about your favorite artists, and so


Music and Art

Posted on January 27, 2016 By

I know what you’re going to say. “Mike, music is ‘art’.” And you would be correct in that assumption. What I’d like to talk about here though is how one uses music while creating other kinds of art such as paintings, sketches, sculptures; the list is endless really. I’ve always found music to be an important ingredient in any art. Even back in my eighth grade art class I remember our teacher allowing us to listen to the radio during class when we were working on projects; sometimes she’d even allow us to bring in a cassette, for those unfamiliar with cassettes, they were the big thing before cd’s came out. Actually cd’s were already available but our teacher only had a tape deck on her small stereo so you work with what is available (hehe).

Listening to music while creating art doesn’t just make the time go faster, it also can be very inspirational; I’ve actually found myself at times while I’m painting & listening to music that I’ll move my graphic tablet pen in tune to the music I’m listening to; I won’t even notice it for several minutes and then when I do


Understanding Types of Meditation Songs and Their Working Procedure

Posted on January 15, 2016 By

Meditation is a very effective for stress relief and well-beings. Generally, meditation is a practice of concentrating only the good thoughts in our mind. It’s an excellent way to keep our min calm and stress free, and having a peaceful life. It gives inspiration to a person, helps to control stress, and has numerous psychological and physical advantages. Meditation songs are considered as the most significant part of medication. There are many types of meditation songs available. Before moving on the meditation song categories, we would like to discuss about the relation between songs and meditation.

Relation between meditation and songs:

Since centuries, meditation has been practiced with background music. While meditating, music is being played from a musical source or even by hymns. Music is not bound for meditation, but it has very important role in the field of meditation. Songs make a significant ambiance for the person to concentrate. Massage therapists have been using relaxation songs since several years to create a sense of happiness and wellness during therapeutic sessions. Now you may apply the same with the convenience of your home. There are many resounding evidence which proof that meditation songs relax

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What Are The Most Popular Kinds of Music

Posted on January 6, 2016 By

There are many different kinds of music genres in the world today. It would be very difficult to name, mention and discuss them all within one article! However, I will outline the most popular genres and types of music that individuals like to listen to today and explain a little about them. Music is certainly a wide topic to talk about and music really does make the world go around. Without music our planet would be a boring place. Music can say a lot about our personalities, our way of like and the way we live. People also use music in many different ways. It can be a way of life, relaxation, something that people make in their spare time or some people just cannot live without it! Music is also used in therapy and healing. Below are some genres that people love.

Pop Music

Pop music – short for ‘popular music’ came about in the 1950s. Pop music is very upbeat electric and has many kind of beats and instruments. It often also interchanges between dance, rock and country sounds but definitely has its own kind of unique sound and quality. Pop music is

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What Type Of Music Should You Play On Your Date

Posted on December 15, 2015 By

Here’s an interesting tidbit of information for you guys and girls out there who want to get a few more flirting techniques under their belt. When you are out on date with a girl or a guy and you want to make a good impression on this person, what kind of music do you put on? Naturally, unless your date is into it, you should probably rule out really niche music such as JPop, KPop, or any of that stuff since you might give your date the wrong impression.

According to a study from Dolf Zilmann and Azra Bhatia, it was discovered that music actually plays a huge role in the eventual outcome of your date and can be the deciding factor in its success or failure. In fact, your choice of music can also either increase or decrease your perceived attractiveness.

Of course, this only applies if you have the specific luxury of choosing the type of music on your date such as driving in your car or inside a room in your house for example. If you have no influence in the choice of music such as inside a restaurant or some other public


Explore Different Types of Musical Instruments

Posted on December 10, 2015 By

Music is the most beautiful form of art that is communicated through variety of musical instruments producing sounds, rhythms, and tones. The oldest musical instrument dates back to the rich heritage and after that many varieties have been introduced with each delivering its unique sound and quality

These instruments are divided into many categories depending on different types of classification. A significant classification is based on the mechanism used for producing sound under which instruments are divided into five basic categories.

Explore here some of the most significant types of musical instruments:

String Instruments

String instruments produce sound through the mechanism of a vibrating string. Strings are composed of metal, synthetic, or natural materials and are of varied thickness, weight, length, and tension. The composition, dimension, and the weight of the strings play an integral role in the quality of sound produced. When the strings are thick and heavy, vibration is slow resulting in lower pitch whereas faster vibration results in higher pitch. Some of the most common types of string instruments are guitar, piano, violin, cello, viola, double bass, mandolin, harp, and santoor.

Wind Instruments

Wind instruments are those instruments in

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What Type Of Music Are You

Posted on December 5, 2015 By

Are you a music lover? Do you love singing but there are times that you feel that you chose the wrong one? If yes, then maybe you haven’t got the chance to sing with the right type of music that will fit you. Yes, you have heard it right. It is very important that you will be choosing the most perfect type that will suit your voice range, likes and of course style. It is given that if you have a really nice voice is that you can able to sing all songs but you will see that your performance will be even better if you will be singing within the type that’s for you. That is why it is really important that you will consider this before anything else.

Here are the major types of music that you can study and see if it will fit you or not.

Classical Music. This type was known to be a very complex form of music that it requires a lot of effort before you can finally be good at it. You need to have those high musical skills such as really high voice range or a

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